The Abject Muse

“So, tell me, Marina…” Jackie began as she put her work away for the day. “What big plans do you have for Valentine’s Day?”

Marina shook her head and sighed. “I no have a the big plans. Is a very sad day for me. Very sad.”

“I’m so sorry,” Jackie replied. “Did you have a boyfriend back in Greece, and you miss him?”

“Well…yes and no.” Marina furrowed her brow. “Is complicate to exclaim a you.”

“You mean, explain.” Jackie wiggled into her coat on and tossed Marina hers. “Whaddaya say we blow this joint and have a few drinks at Bubbaloo’s?”

Marina shrugged. “Explain, exclaim…”

“My treat?” Jackie was on a mission to cheer-up her office mate. “C’mon, it’ll be fun!”

“‘Blow the zhoint?’ Zhackie, I no smoke a the Mary-wanna…”

Jackie giggled. “No, no! ‘Blow this joint’ is an expression. It means let’s go; let’s get out of here.”

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